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post #1 of 12 Old 05-24-2014, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap stainless lines?

I found a site that I can get a SS brake line for $20.
I know everything is made in China but Should I take a chance? Im thinking theyre as safe as any other brand name.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-25-2014, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Look up DHgate.com
They have various lenghts and sizes. Some are only 7.99 with free shipping.
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Hard to tell quality from a picture and they are for brakes which are pretty important. For the price may be worth bringing a set in.

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Some of the prices out of China are simply amazing. I'm having some specialized thermostats made in China in batches of 10 or 12 which they land here for $12.00 including shipping. Amazing! How can they do that? Obviously they aren't losing money.

Please keep us posted.

If one is curious, it would be simple enough to rig a hose to a press or portapower pump and see what is the bursting pressure.


The search function & I don't seem to get along on that site but found some, finally:
http://www.dhgate.com/product/1500mm...1-1|2180381753

Might help someone who isn't retired with endless time to search. ;-)

I wish these listings would refer to these as "brake hoses", rather than "brake lines" because a brake line is the trade term for a ridgid hydraulic conduit rather than a flexible one. Makes for confusion. Then add "brake linings" and confusion reigns. :-)
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They also have a pretty nice looking set of hand guards for $40 in multiple colours.

http://www.dhgate.com/product/hand-g...3-1|1166082626

Other KLR goodies:

http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/sear...=search#search

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I would stay away from anything brake and china related. I bought some china rotors for my busa and they pulsate upon braking. Handguards should be no problem though.

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I've had pretty good luck with China made rotors and other stuff. Almost all the automotive rotors, calipers and other brake stuff are China.

Is the pulsation due to run-out or parallelism?
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-22-2014, 05:53 PM
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Did anyone take a chance on these? I'm in the market and the price is definitely right. Brakes might not be something I should cheap out on.
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I find with ebay products from china have a 50/50 hit or miss. The metal quality is often the difference and it is not because it is made in China, it has to do with the specs and quality assurance/ quality control processes. I have a friend who has a metal shop and he talked to me about it one time, will not bore people here, so I will will simply say that some metal can be very porous and will not last like a good quality dense metal. Stainless steel is no different when it comes to levels of quality. if you are lucky it is a batch of SS lines that did not meet quality control specs but most are still good and being auctioned for a deal and not a knock off with very thin coating just to say they are SS.

Recommendation: brakes/ brake lines are not the part to go cheap on. Now if it was a seat or plastic fender, different story...

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